Howdy folks, I’m back! … No one cares, do they… Fair enough, but I come bearing news of Madden 15 and Destiny! … Nothing? Fine. Tell me about games that involve heat, because it’s freezing and I need to think warm thoughts.
Here, I’ll start: NBA Jam, he’s on fire!
Thursday, 7:20 pm – Albert
My latest find for hotness:
I loved the original Road Rash and honestly spent so much time playing it. At one point I thought I wanted a bike. But then i’d have to get a leather jacket… make sure it has room for a bat in it… life just got in the way. Thank god this is coming out so I can play it!
Here’s the Steam Link!
Tuesday, 8:11 pm – Gavin
I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for him to step away from the project, even though he distanced himself a while ago. Minecraft is an icon for an entire generation of gamers. It’s enormous, beyond the wildest dreams of many gamers. I can’t wait to see what a generation of gamers who were raised on Minecraft will create.
I’m very vocal with my position that people are generally enormous shitheads to developers. Notch will always be an important part of Minecraft’s place in history, but if he feels that he doesn’t need to respond to questions, then he’s free to ignore them and I hope he does. I hope he rolls around in his gigantic bucket of money for the rest of his life, sleeping on the corpses of supermodels that he humped to death the night before.
Speaking of games that are hot, Steam Greenlight success story Mount Your Friends seems like something that is both ridiculous and worth a laugh. It seems very much like something that Bennett Foddy would have developed. It’s a combination of World of Goo, QWOP, and the volleyball scene from Top Gun. It’s a deliberate thumb-in-the-eye to the oversexualization of women in games by turning it right on its head. As a game, I’m sure that this will get boring in about half an hour, if that. But as a statement, I get the feeling that this game doesn’t quite realize that it’s a bit more significant than it lets on.
Monday, 2:45 pm – Albert
The hottest news would probably be that Minecraft has been sold to Microsoft for $2.5 billion… Here is the link to their website so you can ready first hand.
Notch is stepping away from the company as soon as the deal is done. It makes sense considering he has been openly vocal about not loving Windows 8 and Microsoft in general.
His response is one that seems his fame got too big too fast and he didn’t want it in the first place:
“I don’t see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world. Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it’s changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It’s certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting.
A relatively long time ago, I decided to step down from Minecraft development. Jens was the perfect person to take over leading it, and I wanted to try to do new things. At first, I failed by trying to make something big again, but since I decided to just stick to small prototypes and interesting challenges, I’ve had so much fun with work. I wasn’t exactly sure how I fit into Mojang where people did actual work, but since people said I was important for the culture, I stayed.
I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.
As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.
Considering the public image of me already is a bit skewed, I don’t expect to get away from negative comments by doing this, but at least now I won’t feel a responsibility to read them.
I’m aware this goes against a lot of what I’ve said in public. I have no good response to that. I’m also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. I’m not. I’m a person, and I’m right there struggling with you.
I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can’t be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change.
It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.”
What do you guys think? Is Notch still responsible since he was the founder?
Monday, 7:35 am – Ricky
Oh man, Canada is cold. Let’s all go live with Albert. He’s got the space.